COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Fraternal Order of Police revealed Wednesday what the union is looking for in a new police chief.
For the first time since mayor Andrew Ginther announced chief Kim Jacobs’ retirement, the FOP is talking about what they believe makes a good chief. Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge Executive Vice President Jeff Simpson says he thinks the city is better served if the mayor hires from within the department.
As Mayor Andrew Ginther searches for a new chief, Simpson hopes Ginther will ask the FOP for their input.
“Right now we don’t have input on new hires. We’d also like to have input on that. However we understand that that is the discretion of the mayor and we look forward to whomever hey may hire,” said Simpson.
Simpson hopes that new hire is one of CPD’s existing deputy chiefs.
“You have six deputy chiefs right now that are highly qualified to come from within that can lead this department. You need someone that can resonate with the officers and public. Honesty. Integrity. I don’t think those will ever be an issue for somebody who is a police officer,” said Simpson.
Simpson says the same isn’t true for all officers when it comes to being an independent thinker.
“They need to be independent. If they are hired, say by the mayor, they still need to be independent. Do what’s best for the troops and the citizens regardless of any political pressure. Chief Jacobs has done very well for us and tried to be independent and always tried to do the right thing despite any pressure,” said Simpson.